I am colorblind. I am looking for an app to help me identify colors by their basic names (blue, green, ...) when I am working on powerpoint or excel on mac (OSX 10.12).

On windows, I was using whatcolor quite successfully. This app translates the RGB code of the pixel under your mouse into intelligible color names such as blue, green, ... it's a real time-saver when you have to create powerpoints or excel.

I could not find anything similar so far on mac. I tried apps such as Visolve or Sim Daltonism but they did not have this simple functionality.

Please note I am not looking for a color picker such as DigitalColor Meter, that would just read out color RGB codes from pixels. I need a tool that "names" colors, stay on top of screen, with a compact window, just like whatcolor.

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    @patrix, This question is not a duplicate of the one you suggested for the simple fact that he is asking for an app that has the functionality of WhatColor so as to get the Name of the color, not a numeric value and none of the apps in the answers to the so called duplicate provide the color by name. That said, aren't software recommendations off-topic anyway? That's what Google is for and if you can't find it googling then it probably does exist. Nov 3, 2016 at 13:51
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    I know this is not what you're looking for however it's the only thing I found googling that can give a color name, although you have to enter the numeric values. Have a look at: Color Name & Hue One alternative is to run a Windows VM to use WhatColor and do the related work in Windows. Nov 3, 2016 at 13:55
  • @user3439894 See meta.apple.stackexchange.com/questions/2180/… for how software recommendation can be on-topic.
    – nohillside
    Nov 3, 2016 at 15:57

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There are 2 apps on mac that name colors to help people with color blindness:

  • A free app called ColorCompass. It basically does the same job as WhatColor, although with a more simple color naming system. It's small, has instant color naming and stay on top of other windows.
  • Also a free app called ColorQuest. But this app takes more screen space and is quite slow. I did not find a way to make it stay on top, a deal breaker for me.

As a background, I am colorblind too and I personally use ColorCompass on my Mac to work with Mac Office all day long on a daily basis.

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